The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

25883848TITLE: The Hating Game

BY: Sally Thorne

GENRE: Contemporary, Romance, 

PUBLICATION: August 9th 2016 by William Morrow



Goodreads Description:

Nemesis (n.) 
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

This is one of those books that you thought would be just another hate-to-love Romance and since it’s a very cliched trope by now, you lower your expectation thinking you  wouldn’t be surprise. BUT YOU ARE WRONG!!! hehe. This is exactly the kind of book you wouldn’t want to miss out or skip. I mean, stop reading this review, go  read this if you want some fun. I laughed my ass out reading rereading this one.

Since the main plot is  already cleared (Hate-To-Love Romance), I’m just gonna get to other stuffs in this book. The story is filled with cliched scenes BUT I’m blown that they don’t feel cliched at all. Like a scene in the elevator (this is all I’m gonna spoil), it’s so damn cliche I was so scared I’ll cringe reading a scene like it but I didn’t. And that’s saying a lot because this is a reread for me. Yay!! In my opinion, the author really did a GREAT job for giving cliched scenes a new face, charging them with intense emotions, funny and clever banters making the scenes amazing and unforgettable like it’s the first time you’ve something like them.

I liked that I really saw Joshua and Lucy as nemesis. Because some other hate-to-love books just mention in the first chapter that the 2 MCs are enemies and in 2nd chapter they’re all over each other’s body. In here, I got to see Lucy and Josh’ hate for each other in at least first quarter in the book. Heck, they bicker and banter until the last page of the book and no it wasn’t exhausting to read. It was so much fun since aaaahhh  Lucy and Josh are so perfect as  characters. They play such juvenile games while hating each other. I mean why are you still reading this review? Go read the book. hehe.

And it was great that their job competition didn’t do much harm to the development of the romance which makes the development throughout the book very satisfying. Alongside that is their development as characters. It’s amazing to see in romance that the 2 MCs didn’t just undergone a highly-developed relationship together but individually, they got to  stepped up and that’s  where their job competition was used. Instead as a conflict and tear them apart, it actually brought the best out of Lucy and Josh.

Overall, I HIGHLY recommend this book. This is such an adorable, fun, amazing, sweet and moving love story. The Hating Game is in my Feel Good and Clean Romance Shelf since I’ve read it last year. And I just discovered that I’ve read this one same time as last year… So cute. This is destiny. And I’m in a puddle, right now,

And did I mention, Lucy stands Five feet? Like Me… I’m gonna go work at a publishing house and find meself my own Joshua.

Happy Reading Guys,

Oh did I say, I highly recommend this? hahaha.. 🙂 🙂


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39 thoughts on “The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

    1. oh? Good thing you stumbled upon my review then coz it would be a shame if you don’t try this book one day,, It is one of my highly-recommended contemporary… hope you love this as much as I did… 🙂 🙂


  1. It’s so great to hear that the competition didn’t turn utterly vicious but it was still good-natured and funny, if I read this correctly. This one was already on my readlist, I should definitely read it sooner rather than later it seems. Great review Lili!


  2. Okay, I’ve seen SO MANY people saying wonderful things about this book, so I have to ask. Is this more Romance or Chick Lit? Because I don’t usually do romance novels, but I can squeeze in a chick lit once a year or so if it takes my fancy.

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    1. It’s both and I think you will like this one.. Because I think i’m like you when it comes to Romance and Chick Lit. Especially contemporary that’s why if it’s romance I’m more into Historical. But The Hating Game is just adorable. Funny dialogues, amusing scenes. It’s a clean romance and not so dramatic. 🙂 🙂 hope you like this one. Happy Reading…

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  3. I love this book sooo much. Can’t count how many times I’ve read it and it’s actually one of my goto books for just picking up and reading a random section.

    I struggle to pinpoint what makes this better than other hate to love and I think you’re right and it seems like they genuinely hate each other. I also love the banter and Josh is just so adorable 😍

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    1. Same here… the first time I read it, it got me out of my slump. And before I couldn’t pinpoint the why too, why it was better than other hate to love, I discovered it now.. Hope we get more amazing books from Sally Thorne or from other authors as long as they’re as amazing as this…. ❤️


    1. Same here… This also took out of my reading slump. And I spied Thorne’s twitter, she’s currently writing but having some difficulties which is normal to all writers. hehe. but hope she gets to it fast.. haha


  4. This sounds really great! Thank you for recommending this, Lili. Will check it out and add it on my TBR 🙂

    I remembered a movie I just watched. It’s “Set It Up.” Two assistants of 2 workaholic bosses. They started out as well, something close to enemies and ended up setting their bosses up. It was a really great romcom movie 😊

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  5. I am guessing since you repeatedly wrote “hehe” bunches of times, you really like this book. I have heard of this book so many times and I would really like to read it. This sounds like a contemporary I would like since I like, no, love funny arguments. Also, working at a publishing house sounds like the greatest do why not look at the behind the scenes. Again, Lili, you have written a great review that makes me want to read the book! Have a great day!

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  6. Taking a clichéd trope and turning it into a compelling story is always a challenge. How did Sally achieve this and turn out a compelling romance? I guess I’ll have to read it now to find out!



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